(512a) Halophyte Biochar for Water Desalination Brine Concentrate Management
The purpose of this project is to determine how much of the salt taken up by the halophyte crops can be protected from leaching by pyrolysis of the biomass, i.e. to determine the potential of sequestering salt in mineral form. Results from this research will be useful for those managing high salinity biomass streams, such as halophyte crop wastes and animal manures, and those seeking local concentrate disposal options with a potential for producing economic and/or environmental returns. The ability to sequester salt in biochar would decrease the negative impacts of land-applying high-salinity materials, including those used in desalination concentrate management systems.